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....and this is a commission that I started today.  I have got the tongue slightly too high so I will be moving that down tomorrow.  I thought the dog was amazing as it looked like it was laughing all of the time.  It is called a Labradoodle. 

I am working on all of these paintings at Gallery 150, Regent Court Shopping Centre, Livery Street, Leamington Spa so if you are in the area, do pop in and say hello.

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Had to resort to doing another still life too and this one is being worked on at the moment.  The blue thing is the start of a label.  I was in the supermarket when a saw a woman sticking her nails into the pears to test whether they were ripe (I suppose).  At first I was disgusted but then when I looked at the pear I thought I would buy it and use it in a painting.  I liked the nail marks and the bruising that she had caused. 

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This one is still being worked on at the moment.  I have added the strip of red down the side to attempt to balance the painting and add some contrast to the black and white.

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I really dont know where this one came from, I have some very strange ideas sometimes.  Still here he is, it is a Bulldog and he is supposed to be looking through a window on a rainy night.  The white bit in the corner is not a flash bouncing off it, it is painted on. 

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Here is a portrait that I completed during October.  It is of a lovely lady that I know.  It is oil on canvas and 16"x12" so not huge.

 
 
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The finished painting, cant say much more really.  There are still only 3 colours in the whole canvas, titanium white, sap green and raw umber.  The only thing that I still have to do is to put a black wash over the background, the reason for that is it's really difficult to match a frame to raw umber.

 
 
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This is a painting that I have been working on at Gallery 150, Regent Court Shopping Centre, Leamington Spa.  I started off with painting the mange tout and I am now trying to make it look like a plastic bag full of mange tout.  It was quite worrying starting off because the vegtables looked ok and I had to put white paint all over them.  If it didn't work it would have had to end up in the bin.  That would not be good when working in the public eye.  Colours used are raw umber, titanium white and sap green.  There is also 3 layers of sap green on the mange tout. 

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At the start of the day Friday, the first bits of white are added.
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This was the first coat of sap green being added to the underpainting of raw umber and white.
 

Pears

11/17/2010

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I have continued to put another layer on this pears painting.  I found a great way to use this diary too, I couldn't remember how I had got the effect of the skin of pear but trawling back through I found when I had done one before.  Tomorrow I will add another layer of the same.  The colours I have used are in pears: raw umber, sap green and titanium white and for the background: cobalt blue, titanium white and sap green.

 
 
 
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I have added another two layers of red and one of green today.  In the background you can see the peppar that I am using for the painting and, yes, it is orange.  I decided that I preferred the red one so have just changed the colour.  I will put on another 2 or 3 layers of colour until I get the depth that I need and will then start adding white for the highlights, which is my favourite part of any painting.  I have now found an image that I would like to use in my next one so will be starting that later today.  I have also got to add some more to that portrait that I started as most of that is now dry.  If I do any to that I will update again later.  Hope you all had a good day today.

 
 
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This painting is taking forever, mainly because of it's drying time.  I have used titanium beige on the face and it's really thick.  In fact I squeezed it straight out of the tube and on to the canvas.  I have also put another layer of the green on and edged the black in white to give it the appearance of coming away from the wall.  The numbers will not go on until the very last but they will be there albeit falling all over the place.  The only other thing I did today was paint a canvas white, why?  Sheer frustration again!